June 10, 2019 – 504HealthNet is pleased to announce that it has been selected for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Grant for Health Literacy.
The focus will be to develop strategies for incorporating health literacy promotion into the larger 504HealthNet Community Engagement Campaign, targeting New Orleans hospitality workers, and continuing the mission to improve access to primary care and behavioral health services for all, so that residents in the GNO region are empowered to live healthy, fulfilled lives. The mission of 504HealthNet is to improve access to care and provide support to an integrated and coordinated network of health care providers in the GNO Region (Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines Parishes) that are working together to achieve shared goals for the delivery of community-based interventions that are culturally appropriate across its diverse population. The organization manages a coalition of 26 independent member organizations operating over 70 health center locations, serving over 200,000 patients each year.
There are significant health needs in the southeast region that are confounded by poor rates of education, economic opportunities and urban trauma in specific communities or sub-groups. 504HealthNet serves as a local community-informed partner working to increase the region’s health care provider capacity to support cultural competency, health literacy and economic development. The expected impact of this project, as with other 504HN initiatives (especially the Healthy Hospitality initiative) is to connect community members to comprehensive health services throughout the Greater New Orleans region through a multi-disciplinary approach for linkage to care.
The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The Program is coordinated by the National Library of Medicine and carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers. For more information, please visit https://nnlm.gov/.